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Writer:
Donald Cammell (written by)
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Release Date:
4 September 1970 (Finland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
See them all in a film about fantasy. And reality. Vice. And versa. See more »
Plot:
Chas, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to lie low after a hit that should never have been carried out... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. See more »
User Reviews:
You shoot too much of that s***, Pherber. See more (84 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Fox ... Chas

Mick Jagger ... Turner

Anita Pallenberg ... Pherber
Michèle Breton ... Lucy (as Michele Breton)
Ann Sidney ... Dana

John Bindon ... Moody
Stanley Meadows ... Rosebloom
Allan Cuthbertson ... The Lawyer
Anthony Morton ... Dennis (as Antony Morton)
Johnny Shannon ... Harry Flowers

Anthony Valentine ... Joey Maddocks
Kenneth Colley ... Tony Farrell (as Ken Colley)
John Sterland ... The Chauffeur
Laraine Wickens ... Lorraine
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ian McShane ... Noel - Black Musican (voice)
Reg Lye ... Workman (uncredited)

Billy Murray ... Thug 1 (uncredited)
Anthony Roye ... Fraser (uncredited)
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Directed by
Donald Cammell 
Nicolas Roeg 
 
Writing credits
Donald Cammell (written by)

Anita Pallenberg  uncredited

Produced by
David Cammell .... associate producer
Sanford Lieberson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jack Nitzsche 
 
Cinematography by
Nicolas Roeg (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Antony Gibbs 
Brian Smedley-Aston 
Frank Mazzola (uncredited)
Tony Palmer (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
John Clark 
 
Makeup Department
Linda DeVetta .... makeup artist (as Linda De Vetta)
Helen Lennox .... hairdresser
Paul Rabiger .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Kevin Kavanagh .... unit manager
Robert Lynn .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Burge .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Christopher Gibbs .... design consultant: Turner's house
Peter Young .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Ron Barron .... sound recordist
Alan Pattillo .... sound editor
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Molloy .... camera operator
Paul Borg .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deborah Dixon .... costume consultant
Billy Jay .... wardrobe
Emma Porteous .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Merry Clayton .... music player (as The Merry Clayton Singers)
Ry Cooder .... musician
Amiya Dasgupta .... musician
Lowell George .... musician
Milt Holland .... musician
Bernard Krause .... musician: Moog synthesisor
Randy Newman .... music conductor
Gene Parsons .... musician
Nasser Rastigar-Nejad .... musician: santur
Buffy Sainte-Marie .... music performer (as Buffy Ste. Marie)
Russ Titelman .... musician (as Russel Titelman)
Bobby West .... musician
 
Other crew
Annabel Davis-Goff .... continuity (as Anabelle Davis-Goff)
David Litvinoff .... dialogue coach
David Litvinoff .... technical advisor
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies
  • Vanguard Records  through the courtesy of: Buffy Ste. marie performed musically
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Additional Details

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MPAA:
Rated R for sexual content, nudity, drug material and some violence
Runtime:
105 min
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Color:
Black and White | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
Was filmed in 1968, but vaulted for 2 years by its distributor, Warner BrosSee more »
Quotes:
Pherber:We've got to go much further... out.
Turner:No. We've got to go further back - and faster.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in True Romance (1993)See more »
Soundtrack:
Gone Dead TrainSee more »

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30 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
You shoot too much of that s***, Pherber., 17 February 2004
Author: don dutton from Vancouver, B.C.

This film operates on multiple levels and in cultures that we barely knew existed in 1970. The East End London mobster culture being one and the London counter-culture of drugs and music another. To further lend a surreal air, Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammel (who co-directed the film) present metaphors and psychological homologies- sadism, homosexuality, hierarchy in gangs and organizations- all stemming from central psychological needs for power and dominance combined with and expressed through sexuality. The first half of the film seems to anticipate Guy Ritchie- a glimpse into Cockney gangsters and "poofs" and then, Chas steps into Turner's lair and the film alters along with our consciousness. Suddenly, underneath the gangster/rockstar theme another, more deeply embedded theme emerges about identity and the part of others that we share in common(the deeper motivations and identities). Turner and Chas sense it in each other's "performance", all four main characters (arranged on a sexual continuum from the very female Pherber through 2 personae of androgyny to the very male Chas) explore their other parts as when Pherber puts a mirror, reflecting her breast on Chas. The shared motivational part comes from the "performance" of violence or art that Chas and Turner are fascinated by in each other. Add in some very strange camera angles and you have one of the very few films that ever did the impossible- represented altered consciousness to an audience (mainly) in straight consciousness. That last part depended on what year you saw it in theatres. In all, a very profound movie. Donald Cammell was a genius who never got his proper due.

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